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Thursday, February 20 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
General Session: Wildlife Viewing Hack-a-thon!

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What is a hack-a-thon?
We’re hacking the hack-a-thon. Though originally for computer programmers to come together and ‘code’ a project, hack-a-thons are being applied to a whole new range of problem solving projects. It’s a time to bring people together who have a variety of skills and blitz some creative solutions to complicated problems.

How it works
  • Academy participants will hear a brief description of a few wildlife viewing- or nature tourism- related challenges.
  • People will then split off into groups and join in a discussion they are interested in discussing or hearing more about.
  • Throw out possible solutions, ideas from your own experiences, ask probing questions, build on the ideas of others.
  • We won’t solve the problem that day, but maybe we can help someone work through their challenge. Or you might overhear an idea that will apply to your own!

In our profession many of us work alone, covering a huge range of habitats, ecosystems, audiences, and geography. This is a chance to have a team of professionals tackle the problem.

Pitch us your Problem:
We want you to send in a brief description of a challenge, project, problem, or radical idea you’re thinking of. We will select a variety to share during a session of the academy.


Send in a 500-word pitch by January 31 , 2019. We’ll select a wide variety and let you know if the Academy can hack your problem.

Bring us your Brain
Academy participants should get ready to think outside the box. There are no bad ideas except the ones you never thought of. We’ve all had some experience trying to build a problem with $100, some construction paper, a paperclip, and a shoelace, so be prepared to share your best strategies with the group.

“Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” ~ Doug Larson

Thursday February 20, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Aurora and Poseidon Rooms

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